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Sidney Sussex College

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About Sidney Sussex

Founded in 1596, Sidney Sussex College is a diverse, inclusive and forward-looking community set among elegant buildings and tranquil gardens in the heart of Cambridge.

Sidney Sussex’s small size fosters genuine inclusion. There’s no such thing as a typical student, and undergraduates come from every background and from all over the world. We encourage applicants from all school types, and admission is based solely on academic merit and potential.

Most of our Fellows teach and supervise undergraduates, and we’re committed to providing all the support you need. We also offer a well-stocked library with 24-hour access, a range of study skills support sessions and a large welfare team including a College nurse and pastoral dean.

There’s a variety of accommodation, including rooms with shared facilities, en suites, traditional study and bedroom ‘sets’ and College-owned houses. Rooms are refurbished regularly, and all have internet points and access to kitchen facilities. Meals are also available in our beautiful eighteenth-century Hall. Sidney is known for the quality of its food and our candlelit formal halls are always popular.

Being at Sidney Sussex isn’t only about studying – our students manage to combine academic achievement with busy social lives. Our sports facilities (including a gym) see enthusiastic use, and there are College teams for all major sports. Music and drama are also popular, and our biennial Arts Festival is a highlight. The choir has made critically-acclaimed recordings, and tours regularly in the UK and overseas.

One of the College’s greatest assets is its strong community spirit, with a friendly and supportive relationship between students, Fellows and College staff. The best way to experience this is by visiting us yourself: to arrange a visit, please contact the Admissions Office. 

For more information about the College see the Undergraduate Study site.

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